As NewsBusters reported Thursday, Tom Brokaw appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe said that not supporting gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre is akin to those that didn't back the Civil Rights movement in the '60s.
Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin took issue with this hours later and asked, "Have you lost your mind Tom Brokaw? Do you realize what an idiot you are?" (transcript follows without any need for additional commentary, audio available at Right Scoop):
MARK LEVIN: What happens to all the old fools, the pretend journalists, do they get together over a cup of coffee, maybe a glass of milk, a few cookies, and they come up with their brilliant talking points? […]
Have you lost your mind Tom Brokaw? Do you realize what an idiot you are? Have you lost your mind? I mean, ladies and gentlemen, the second amendment is a civil right. Does this man have any context for what he’s talking about? Of course not. He’s just popping off…shut up! All of you. Just shut up! You don’t even know what the hell you’re talking about.
The second amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, Tommy. The Bill of Rights. To protect the individual. This isn’t Selma, Bull Connor, people in their homes who are being quiet. People all across America, they are speaking with their actions. They’re exercising their right under the Constitution second amendment, their individual civil liberty right, and they’re purchasing guns in record numbers, purchasing ammo in record numbers, because they’re concerned that their individual, civil, constitutional right will be violated.
What the hell does this have to do with Selma or the south in the 1960s or the Klan takeover or the cult? What are you talking about? Do you realize how pathetic you sound? Absolutely unbelievable. Not one damn word about how doctors are to conduct themselves if Obama has his way. They’re patients, and the poor people who seek doctors because they have serious mental challenges, mental problems, and they want help, and their family wants to get them help. Those doctors and those patients and those families are going to suffer as a result of this nonsense. And it has zero to do with mass murders in this country, certainly in Connecticut. We have no statistics that mental patients are running around with weapons and slaughtering everybody. Where are the numbers? And I know they don’t matter, but where are they?
I mean, this is pathetic. So now, so now, if you mind your own business, you purchase firearms, you purchase bullets to go in the firearms, whether you’re a hunter, a sportsman, for self-defense or whatever, whatever your reason, as long as it’s lawful, you purchase firearms and ammunition, you’re like Bull Connor? You’re like the Klan? Because that’s the implication.
This man is a disgrace. I don’t care they keep putting these guys up on pedestals. They don’t deserve it. They’re a disgrace. He’s a disgrace. The history he refers to has absolutely nothing to do with what’s going on right now. But he brings it up, the same way Tim Kaine wants to interject race. Oh that word nullification, that’s a code word. The same way Colin Powell did it on Sunday. Every single issue that involves actual individual liberty, conservative principles, constitutionalism, they’re now twisting it and turning it, attacking our motives, when in fact we don’t have any motives other than to exercise our free will, and to defend others who seek to exercise their free will.
Ladies and gentlemen, Washington is digging in. When I say Washington, Tom Brokaw is a creation of Washington. He may be up in New Jersey at MSNBC doing this, but he’s a creation of Washington. They’re digging in. Scarborough, little irrelevant gnat. Digging in. Schieffer, digging in. The NBC crowd, the CBS crowd, the ABC crowd, just listen to the broadcasts. CNN, and of course, MSLSD, MSLSD which would have been perfect during the times of like Brezhnev because Brezhnev and MSNBC, you know, their ideologies they’re almost like one and the same, but that for another day.
So the point is this: they’re digging in because you refuse to surrender your God-given inalienable rights and your Constitutional right to big government. And Tom Brokaw and Schieffer and all the rest of them are about big government, big government. This is why they defend Obama, this is why they defend the Democrats, this is why there’s not a federal program unless it has to do with the military, national security, law enforcement that they would support reducing then your respect. These are the phonies who are bringing news to you and are bring news to you. The absolute phonies.